In an update to the Narada probe, former police superintendant SMH Mirza who is the main accused in the case has been confronted on Sunday, with BJP leader Mukul Roy by the CBI. Sources report that the CBI has recreated the scene at Mukul Roy's Kolkata residence. Sources further report that Mirza has pinned the blame on Roy. On Saturday, Roy has dismissed all bribe allegations against him.
Earlier on Thursday, the CBI had arrested senior IPS officer SMH Mirza in the Narada scam. In June 2018, he was interrogated at CBI's Nizam Palace office in relation to the scam for over eight hours. The CBI is looking into allegations against him that he influenced the probe in the Narada scam and also looking at the connection between Mirza and those accused in the case. Following his arrest, Mukul Roy was questioned on Saturday by the CBI for nearly three hours.
Mirza was the Superintendent of Police of Burdwan district in West Bengal when the sting operation was conducted by journalist Mathew Samuel of the Narada News portal. As per reports, SMH Mirza and Trinamool Congress leaders were allegedly caught on camera while accepting cash from a purported businessman on behalf of politicians for favours. The CBI has reportedly been questioned several Trinamool Congress MLAs, MPs and state ministers in the case. Reports say that the incident occurred during the poll season in West Bengal in March 2016.
According to reports, Narada news portal chief Mathew Samuel had contacted the then deputy mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and IPS officer S. M. H. Mirza through local contacts. Reports add that Mirza then facilitated in establishing Samuel's contact with several top-ranking Trinamool officials like - Madan Mitra, Mukul Roy, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Prasun Bannerjee, Subrata Mukherjee and Iqbal Ahmed to name a few. Ahead of the 2016 West Bengal assembly polls, Samuel had posed as a businessman of Impex Consultancy Solutions floated by Samuel himself to conduct a sting operation. Samuel while interacting with Mukul Roy, aides of Trinamool's Abhishek Banerjee had reportedly caught them on camera accepting bribes for illicit favours. Mirza was seen accepting Rs 5 lakh in cash from a businessman in one of the footages and has claimed that he was receiving the cash on Roy's instructions.